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French Open Day 7 Preview: Four Must-See Matches

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All eyes are set to descent upon court Philippe-Chatrier when Andy Murray takes on the formidable Juan Martin del Potro. In what will be a repeat of last year’s thrilling final at the Olympic Games, the world No.1 faces a tough test if the Argentine is able to produced his best tennis. Meanwhile in the women’s draw, title favourite Simona Halep will have her work cut out when she faces talented Russian player Daria Kasatkina, who won the Charleston Open earlier this year.

 

 
These are the four matches to watch out for on Saturday :-

Andy Murray vs. Juan Martin Del Potro

These men faced off in two of the best matches of 2016, with Murray winning the gold medal match at the Rio Olympics, and Del Potro getting revenge in an over five-hour Davis Cup semifinal matchup. This could be a big-time third round match if Del Potro is healthy. He came into Roland Garros with back and shoulder issues, and proceeded to injure his knee during his second round match with Nicolas Almagro. In a startling turn of events, Almagro was the one to retire from that match due to an ongoing knee injury. This brought us another heart-warming moment in the first week of the French Open, as Del Potro consoled Almagro after he collapsed to the court in a full-on sob. In Murray’s second round match, he was in full cranky mode as he struggled and whined his way through four tough sets against Martin Klizan. Murray’s play has been far from inspiring this year as he’s fought injuries and illnesses, and I’d like Del Potro’s chances if he were healthy. But Del Potro appeared to be far from 100% as he struggled to run down balls against Almagro. Let’s hope Juan Martin is well enough to make this a battle that’s even half as good as their epic matches from last year.

Simona Halep vs. Daria Kasatkina

After injuring her ankle in Rome and having her participation at Roland Garros in doubt, Halep has looked strong in her first two rounds and hasn’t dropped a set. Kasatkina will be a step up in competition. The 20-year-old Russian is on the rise on the WTA tour, and she won the title on the green clay in Charleston earlier this year. But Kasatkina didn’t win a match on the red clay in Stuttgart, Madrid, or Rome. She’s also never been passed the third round at a major. Halep should be favored here, but this will be the first stern test for one of this tournament’s favorites. Simona could be threatened if her ankle slows her down.

Kei Nishikori vs. Hyeon Chung

Asia’s biggest tennis star will meet who many speculate could be the continent’s next big star in this third round match. Nishikori will be the favorite in their first meeting, but don’t count out Chung. The 21-year-old Korean has had a nice clay season, including victories over fellow next-gen player Alexander Zverev as well as Gael Monfils. It will be interesting to see how Chung performs in his first third round appearance at a major, and against a top player like Nishikori.

Stan Wawrinka vs. Fabio Fognini

In an open quarter of the draw, Fognini may be the biggest hurdle in Wawrinka’s path to return to the French Open semifinals. Stan leads their head-to-head 4-1, but Fabio is a dangerous clay court player. All four of his career titles have come on clay, and he reached the quarterfinals at Roland Garros in 2011. Stan can also be prone to playing less than his best during the first week at majors. Fabio will need to bring his A-game of big, flat ground strokes, as well as some of his drama that can frustrate opponents, in order to pull off the upset. If both players are on, this should be fun.

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Novak Djokovic Thrashes Davidovich Fokina To Set Nishikori Showdown At Olympics

Novak Djokovic moved into the last eight at the Olympics where he will face Kei Nishikori next.

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Novak Djokovic’s bid for a historic gold medal continues after a convincing 6-3 6-1 victory over Alejandro Davidovich Fokina.

 

The world number one’s bid for the golden slam rolls on after a dominating straight sets win over the Spaniard.

Despite the win the top seed had to defend break points early on as Davidovich Fokina showed early signs of consistent aggression.

Davidovich Fokina’s all-round game was working effectively on return and the Spaniard managed to save two break points himself with some neat patterns of play.

However Djokovic eventually grinded out the break for a 3-1 lead as his defensive skills were too strong for the Spaniard.

After that the Spaniard did well to fend off Djokovic’s returning pressure as he maintained a good percentage of 1st serve points won.

However the Serb eventually served out the opening set in 47 minutes in a strong performance.

From there the Serb increased his level and intensity as he made Davidovich Fokina work harder than the first serve.

A flawless second set display was enough as Djokovic broke three times to seal his place in the quarter-finals.

The win means Kei Nishikori stands in Djokovic’s way of competing in a medal match as the Serb looks to win the one thing that has alluded his career and that is a gold medal.

Nishikori beat Ilya Ivashka to make the last eight after winning 7-6(7) 6-0 in just over two hours.

Alexander Zverev also went through to the Olympics quarter-finals with a straight sets win over Nikoloz Basilashvili.

The German will now face Jeremy Chardy in the last eight after the Frenchman ended Liam Broady’s run in Tokyo.

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Svitolina Beats Giorgi to Reach Semis in Tokyo

Elina Svitolina has guaranteed herself a medal match after beating Camila Giorgi in Tokyo.

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The world number six booked her spot in the final four after beating Camila Giorgi of Italy.

 

Elina Svitolina is into the semi-finals of the 2020 Tokyo Olympics almost guaranteeing herself a medal after beating the world number 61 and Italian in straight sets 6-4, 6-4 serving 6 aces and hitting 13 winners in the while Giorgi hit 32 unforced errors in the loss.

The Ukrainian went on the attack from the word play earning two breakpoints in the match’s opening game as the Italian seemed to get off to a slow start and she made her pay by getting the early break.

After consolidating the break the number four seed was hungry for more getting two more chances to break and breaking once more to go up a double break.

At 5-1 the Ukrainian had two set points but failed to convert and the Italian took advantage of it breaking back the very next game with a stunning forehand winner to get one of the breaks back.

The world number six eventually served out the first set and continued to ride the momentum into the second set where just like the beginning of the first set she broke in the first game and cruised from there.

At 3-1, she had three more chances to go up a double break once again and she earned it with a sublime forehand winner up the line before getting broken the very next game.

Despite giving one of the breaks back, Svitolina could serve out the match and will play Marketa Vondrousova in the last four.

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Ugo Humbert Pulls Off Tsitsipas Upset In Tokyo

Ugo Humbert stunned Stefanos Tsitsipas to reach the Quarter-Finals at the Olympic Games.

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The Frenchman sent the Greek packing in a three-set battle that went over two hours on court.

 

Ugo Humbert booked his spot in the quarterfinals of the Tokyo Olympic tournament after beating the world number four Stefanos Tsitsipas of Greece in three sets 2-6, 7-6, 6-2 in two hours and 20 minutes hitting 34 winners in the win while his opponent hit 37 unforced errors in the loss.

After both players held their opening service games it was the Greek with the first chance to break and at the second time of asking he broke to take an early 2-1 lead.

The world number 28 had two chances to break back the very next game but the number three seed saved both and consolidated the break before going up a double break the very next game.

Tsitsipas served out the first set and going into the second set it was a very tight affair with neither player budging on their service games as the set was decided by a tiebreaker.

That’s where the number 14 seed jumped out to an early lead and that lead was enough for him to take the second set and force a deciding third set.

There was a bit of a scary moment for the world number three when on set point he seemed to roll his ankle and took a medical timeout to get it treated.

It was clear the injury was affecting him during the third and final set as after both players again held their opening service games it was the Frenchman with three breakpoints and got the early break.

In the next game, the number three seed had a chance to break back on go back on serve but the world number 28 did a good job saving it and consolidating the break.

After consolidating the break the Frenchman smelled blood and sensed the match was his for the taking and broke the Greek for a second time to love and at 5-2 there was a long back and forth game that lasted over 10 minutes.

Humbert finally converted on his fourth match point to book his spot in the quarterfinals and a date with the Russian Karen Khachanov.

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